How a Shrimp Boating Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Injuries
Working on a shrimp boat is not only physically demanding, it is also a risky job that can lead to serious injuries including crushed and amputated limbs, severe neck and back injuries, head trauma, assaults and even death. Many of these accidents could be easily avoided if employers took appropriate safeguards to protect the individuals working on shrimping vessels. Maritime employers have a legal duty to prevent workplace injuries. When an employer fails to take reasonable steps to ensure the work environment aboard a shrimp boat is safe and free from harm, the employer can be held liable for a shrimper’s injuries.
The Willis Law Firm has more than three decades of experience helping injured seamen and crew members recover the financial compensation they need to deal with their injuries. Our firm understands how the shrimping industry operates and we are well aware of the dangerous and hazardous conditions on these boats that can cause serious injuries, including:
- Inexperienced (“greenhorns”) or improperly trained crew members
- Lack of sufficient safety equipment
- Dangerous seas and hazardous weather conditions
- Operating an undersized boat for the conditions
- Dangerously conducting the job in a rush or fast pace
- Collisions with other vessels
- Lifting or pulling back injuries
- Winch and cabling accidents
- Worn-out or malfunctioning equipment
- Falling objects
- Winch accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Physical assaults from crew members and others
What to Do When You Are Injured
The most important thing you can do when you are injured in a shrimp boat accident is to discuss your case with an experienced maritime injury attorney. Federal and state laws provide important protections to injured shrimp boat workers so you need to be certain you are represented by a skilled lawyer who can provide you with sound legal guidance. The rules for determining which laws or causes of action apply in a given situation can be extremely complicated. If you take the wrong steps and file an incorrect claim or wait too long to file a claim or lawsuit, you could jeopardize your chance for any recovery in your case.
When you work with the Willis Law Firm we will carefully review your case and make certain you have the information you need to obtain a full financial recovery. Our legal team will answer your questions and guide you through the legal process from start to finish. We are available when you need us the most – 24/7
If you are injured on a shrimp boat or other maritime accident you should always check with an attorney before providing any information to an insurance adjuster. The shrimp boat operator or owner may to try to pressure you to give a sworn testimony about your accident – you should never do so until you have spoken with a lawyer. Your company or its corporate rep or adjuster may also try to force you to see a company doctor rather than a doctor of your own choosing. You have the legal right to select your own physician and our firm will help you find a qualified medical professional who can provide you with the care and services you need to recover from your injuries.
Contact a Shrimp Boat Accident Lawyer Today
The Willis Law Firm is committed to helping shrimp boat workers collect maximum financial compensation for their injuries. If you have questions about an injury claim or if your employer is refusing to provide you with maintenance & cure, needed specialized medical care, contracted weekly benefits or the financial compensation you deserve, and then call us today for a free, confidential consultation: 1-800-468-4878.